John T. McCutcheon collection
MSMcCu68

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
McCutcheon, John T. (John Tinney), 1870-1949
Title
John T. McCutcheon collection
ID
MSMcCu68
Date [inclusive]
1915-1944
Extent
3.0 linear ft.
Language
English
Abstract:
John T. McCutcheon (1870 - 1949) was a Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist who worked for the Chicago Morning News and Chicago Tribune newspapers. The John T. McCutcheon Collection consists of original cartoons and photocopies.

Preferred Citation

John T. McCutcheon collection, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biographical Sketch

John Tinney McCutcheon was born near South Raub, Indiana on May 6, 1870 to Captain John Barr McCutcheon and Clara Glick McCutcheon. The elder McCutcheon had served in the U.S. Civil War and was later elected Sheriff of Tippecanoe County, Indiana. John T. McCutcheon received a B.S. degree from Purdue University in 1889. McCutcheon moved to Chicago where he found work at the Chicago Morning News (later renamed the Chicago Record and Chicago Record-Herald). His first front page cartoons appeared in 1895. After joining the Chicago Tribune in 1903, McCutcheon's career as a political cartoonist became firmly established. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his cartoon, "A Wise Economist Asks a Question," in 1931.

McCutcheon also traveled extensively, especially to war torn areas from which he sent back reports. He witnessed the Boer War in 1899 in South Africa and attended the Paris Peace Conference, 1918 - 1919, that formally concluded World War I. During 1925, McCutcheon embarked on a world tour. John T. McCutcheon married Evelyn Shaw on January 20, 1917. McCutcheon retired in 1946 and passed away in Lake Forest, Illinois on June 10, 1949.

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Scope and Contents

The John T. McCutcheon Collection consists of original cartoons and photocopies of material created by the famed political cartoonist. Most of these cartoons were published in the Chicago Tribune newspaper and contemporary political, economic and international events, as well as important changes in culture.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives June 2005

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Revision Description

  07/15/2010

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

None

Acquisition Information

The University of Illinois at Chicago received most of these materials in 1968 with a supplemental donation from John T. McCutcheon, Jr. in 1984.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • McCutcheon, John T. (John Tinney), 1870-1949 -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Caricatures and cartoons.
  • Chicago Political and Civic Life.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: John T. McCutcheon Papers 

Oversize

Cartoons, 1926-1944 

Folder 1

Cartoons, photocopies, 1917-1943 

Folder 2

Cartoons, photocopies, 1913-1926 

Folder 3

Cartoons, 1936-1939 

Folder 4

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